THE RACE IS ON!
26th – 29th April 2019
Bristol & Bath City Region | Glasgow | Leicester | Liverpool City Region | London | Greater Manchester | Newcastle Upon Tyne
Which city on Earth has the most wildlife and the most nature-loving citizens?
Your city needs your help to discover, record and showcase the amazing variety of life that can be found on your doorstep as 7 cities represent the UK in the City Nature Challenge, defending our position as one of the most prolific citizen science nations in the world.
City Nature Challenge is organized on a global scale by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences. Help your city climb up the international rankings as we compete with over 160 cities on 7 continents across the globe.
HOW TO TAKE PART
Support your local city by downloading the free app iNaturalist and taking photos of all the wild plants, animals and fungi you find over 26-29 April. Scroll down to find out what amazing activities and events are planned in your nearest city.
BUILDING KNOWLEDGE AND TAKING ACTION FOR NATURE
Volunteers and naturalists have been recording wildlife in the UK for hundreds of years, mapping out where different species are thriving or struggling in our changing landscape. From their efforts we know more about our wildlife than almost anywhere else in the world – which is amazing! BUT that is still just the tip of the iceberg. There are big gaps in what we know about the wildlife on our doorstep and some of the information is years out of date – even the most common species are often under recorded. Conservationists, researchers, planners and policy makers need more complete, up to date information to make better informed decisions to secure a future for your local wildlife and we need your help to fill the gaps in the data.
Find out more at citynaturechallenge.org or scroll down to check out what is happening in a city near you!
Bristol & Bath City Region
The Bristol & Bath city region is entering it’s second City Nature Challenge with titles to defend. As one of the smallest city regions taking part in 2018, Bristol & Bath citizens made more wildlife observations than any other European city, coming 13th in the world rankings and will be looking to build on that success in 2019.
Led by The Natural History Consortium as part of The Festival of Nature, in partnership with several amazing organisations that support nature in the West of England
@festofnature | #CNCBristolBath
Led by Glasgow museums, RSPB Scotland and a range of other partners
Leicester is celebrating its tenth anniversary of BioBlitz and putting on a wide range of public events and activities across some of our most diverse parks and reserves as part of the City Nature Challenge. Activity packs, guided walks, bug hunts, wildlife safaris, pond-dipping and mini-BioBlitzes are only a few of the things happening to find out how wild Leicester really is. Nature is all around us and we want to know what is living in your garden, local park, where you walk the dog or see on the way to the shops!.
Led by Leicester City council, Naturespot and the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
@nature_spot | #CityNatureChallengeLeicester
Liverpool City Region
The Liverpool City Region is taking on the City Nature Challenge as part of our 2019 Year of the Environment. The LCR Challengers are a collective of individuals and organisations who are working to champion wildlife through wildlife recording with a particular focus on our much loved parks, dunes and greenspaces. Key events are being run through the weekend by Autism Together, Cheshire Record, Croxteth Park Volunteer Group, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Liverpool Parks, Merseyside BioBank and will be supported and promoted on parks and reserves across the region by a range of organisations.
Led by Merseyside BioBank
@yoeGreenspace | #yoe2019LCR
Come and join the Natural History Museum at our BioBlitz in Hyde Park on Saturday 27th April 2019 from 10.30am onwards. Take part in important surveys and fun nature themed activities, including a moth and earthworm survey, pond dipping and guided walks across one of London’s most loved parks. Family activities are particularly suited to those with children aged 5 – 14. A range of organisations are also running CNC themed events across Greater London.
Led by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Royal Parks, the Field Studies Council, University College London and London Environmental Educators Forum.
@NHM_CitSci | #CNCLondon2019
Greater Manchester will be competing against over 160 cities worldwide to find urban wildlife, including the one to beat…… Liverpool. We want to hear about any wildlife you can find. That could be ladybirds on your balcony, starlings in the park or the mushrooms seen on a walk in the countryside.As well as spotting wildlife yourself, there will be special events taking place across the region.
Led by Manchester Museum as part of Manchester Festival of Nature in partnership with Manchester City Council, Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Ecology Unit, Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, City of Trees, RSPB, Salford Rangers, Woodland Trust and all the many community and Friends groups getting involved
@McrMuseum | #MFON
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Represent the North East in this international competition, showing the world our diverse and beautiful natural environment. From 26-29 April, head outdoors solo or as part of a local event near you and record your wildlife sightings to the iNaturalist project. Photograph plants, animals, fungi, slime mould, or any other evidence of life (droppings, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses) you find anywhere in North East England. Pets and garden plants are not acceptable sightings.
Led by Great North Museum: Hancock, the Natural History Society of Northumbria and the Environmental Records Information Centre North East.
Avon Wildlife Trust
Bath & North East Somerset Council
BBC Natural History Unit
Bristol City Council
Bristol Zoo Gardens
University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of the West of England
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
The Natural History Consortium is a charitable collaboration between these member organisations.
Engaging people with the natural world through collaborative action. Reg Charity 1123432